I begrudge no one their success if arrived at honestly-it is greed and gluttony I loathe, and cannot help but ask how much is enough? Are there no limits?
The nations as a people have a long history, a custom, of speaking deliberately, not rushing to be heard.
Discussions characterized by common sense-being purposefully long winded or enamored of one’s own voice was never viewed as enviable or an asset, on the contrary it was held to be disrespectful and a lack of courtesy.
We gave due consideration to the words of others, not thinking of ways to undermine them even as they were being spoken, or still hung in the air.
Discussions were not a competition, or the cheap theatrics of internet forums and politicians.
Efficacy and real time solutions were predicated on keeping it simple-no one sought to confuse or impress with inane rhetoric-and in that simplicity consensus was achieved, a sense of trust,security, and confidence.
A concept, a way of being, so simple, so direct, that the great bulk of “civilization” and “intellectualism” are at a loss to understand it, as for them it is about individual identity, recognition, and attention-being heard, seen, and admired as an individual above all other considerations.
This common sense, this security and confidence it engenders is what is lacking now, and I say better to leave this foolishness, this hollow posturing to those who think a value is to be found in practicing it-we will be better served in doing things our way.
Anyone is capable of building castles, offering solutions, if their efforts are confined to nothing more than words,to opinions, but without actually doing, what value is there?
What defines a person is more than words, some unctuous fluidity of speech, it is more about what they do-if for example there is a hole in the roof no amount of words, no verbal solution or opinion will repair it-only the actual effort of doing so-how laughable is the one who sits with rain pouring down upon them while offering advice to others on how to repair their roof?
The roof that covers this land is full of holes while politicians and would be pundits talk. Aesop’s fable of the ant and the grasshopper has become the reality.
The Ant and the Grasshopper:
In a field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.
“Why not come and chat with me,” said the Grasshopper, “instead of toiling and moiling in that way?”
“I am helping to lay up food for the winter,” said the Ant, “and recommend you to do the same.”
“Why bother about winter?” said the Grasshopper; we have got plenty of food at present.” But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil. When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew: It is best to prepare for the days of necessity.
We are living in the days of necessity, we are in the Autumn of our need-soon winter will blanket the land, but there is yet time to do those things necessary to sustain us.
As is the way of the English language definitions evolve to favor positions-but I believe the definition of commerce as being trade, barter, buying and selling, is a well understood and a commonly held one.
To imply commerce describes other than this commercial interaction is overtly transparent and self serving, and we see such an interpretation readily lends itself to oppression.
I believe it is axiomatic that a government that cannot, or will not keep it’s own house in order can offer no solutions to others in how to maintain theirs.
There is a burgeoning anti government sentiment-I think it is as predictable in these difficult times as it has been in the past.
Even the predictable talk of revolution from predictable sources, but I say what is needed is a revolution of the spirit, a reversal of the destructive nature of MEism- a sense and understanding that yes, ultimately, we are all related, and as such those things we do are ripples in the pond of humanity from a cast stone-we cast pebbles while politicians and corporations hurl boulders, yet the sheer number of pebbles equals or outweighs the boulders.
A nation is only as healthy as it’s people, the mindset and directions chosen. As voters people have contributed to the problems with the choices they have made and an unwillingness to demand accountability in lieu of excuses tendered and accepted-in adopting this attitude they will say it is about choosing the lesser of two evils-I say no choice exists in such a circumstance, only varying degrees of coercion-a choice of which would you prefer to lose-a hand or a foot?
“We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”
A premise based on the concept of natural law-one thought to be so “self evident” as to warrant inclusion in the Constitution-and yet we see a desire and protracted effort to construct a Tower of Babel of “interpretive” legislation to undermine and erode….and the winter of our discontent draws near……the wealth of who we have been slowly stripped away- further facilitated by “liberators” who live among us chirping and dancing.